Traditionally, the responsibility of treating patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) has fallen exclusively on specialists in gastroenterology or infectious disease. New clinical practice recommendations for testing; novel, highly effective, and more tolerable direct-acting antiviral therapies; and a simultaneous increase in HCV infections, largely related to higher rates of injection drug use, are substantially increasing the demand for HCV care. For patients who live in rural areas, where specialists are usually scarce, access to care has been especially poor. Advances in the management of HCV make providing treatment outside of the specialist’s office feasible with appropriate education, training, and support.
The learning components of this series, which concludes with a master competency examination and certificate recognition, will arm primary care professionals with knowledge and competence specific to rural practice settings and will improve the capacity for high-quality HCV care across the country.
There are three trainings in this series. The links below take you directly to each online training.
Additional information, resources and registration links for the CME courses can be found on the Med-IQ - Expanding Capacity and Competency in HCV Website.